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“Ofqual should safeguard the long-term future of community languages” says Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP

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Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, has written to Glenys Stacey, CEO of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), to urge the organisation to do all it can to safeguard community language qualifications, including GCSEs and A-Levels in Turkish and Modern Greek, beyond 2018.

In her letter, Ms Ryan welcomed the Government’s recent announcement that community languages would now be protected until September 2018, but stated how “vitally important” it was “that the future of these subjects is secured for the long-term.”

Ofqual – the body responsible for regulating qualifications, examinations and assessments in England – has an important role to play in this regard as it continues its discussions with the Government and examination bodies – including AQA, OCR and Edexcel.

Community languages have been under threat of withdrawal as a result of the reforms to GCSEs and A-Levels due to come into effect over the next few years.

Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:

“It has been good to see so many MPs from all sides of the House of Commons fighting to protect community languages.

Modern Greek and Turkish are two of the most popular and widely spoken languages in Enfield North. I’m pleased that they will be available to students until 2018 and I remain committed to seeing these, and other foreign languages, safeguarded for many more years to come.”

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